threaded press


Circles. I love them. I love to sew them.

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body of work


This body of work was created from July 2013 through September 2014 and was a great source of inspiration. At it's completion, there were 72 pieces in the series. All of the images are photo transfers from Shepard Fairey works. The circle pattern was created from a handcut stencil that was covered in ink. The tactile circles were all handstitched. All works on are paper.  




Professional Experience:

Director of 4 Bridges Arts Festival, Association for Visual Arts, Chattanooga TN                     July 2015-Present

Member Relations Coordinator, AVA Association for Visual Arts, Chattanooga TN
February 2014-June 2015

Printmaking apprentice under Juanita Tumelaire
The Open Press, ChattanoogaTN
June 2013-Present

Intern under Lauren Goforth, Gallery and Education Director
AVA Association for Visual Arts, Chattanooga TN
June 2013-February 2014

Assistant under Frances McDonald
Mark Making, Chattanooga TN
September 2013-March 2014

Photographer working with
Chattanooga TN
May 2013-December 2013

The 2013 Holmberg Leadership Institute, Chattanooga TN

Group Juried Exhibitions:

Hunter Underground Smash and Grab, Hunter Museum, Chattanooga TN, Feb. 20th 2016

Charit-A-Bowl, Chattanooga Workspace, Benefit for Chattanooga Foodbank Feb. 5th-26th, 2016

Reflections: The very best of Chattanooga's local artists, Reflections Gallery, Chattanooga TN Jan-March 2016

By Hand: Books, Letterpress, and Printmaking Presented by The Open Press, AVA, Chattanooga TN, Sept.12-Oct 16, 2015

smART, Stratton Hall, Chattanooga TN, September 24th, 2015

Members Salon Show, AVA Association for Visual Arts, Chattanooga TN, Aug. 7-28, 2015

Abstract, Contemporary, and Mixed Media Show, Reflections Gallery, Chattanooga TN, April-June 2015

Leading Roles, Photography, Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, March 26-May 1, 2015

RENAISSANCE: A joint exhibit of the Book and Print Arts Collaborative in Asheville, NC, Triangle Book Arts Collective in Raleigh, NC and The Open Press in Chattanooga,TN.

March 3rd - April 21st 2015 in Bookworks Gallery Asheville.                                                       May 16th - June 28th 2015 at Chattanooga Public Library, 4th Floor                                              Date and Venue TBD Raleigh

Artist Favorites, Reflections Gallery, Chattanooga TN, January 2015

Members Salon Show, AVA Association for Visual Arts, Chattanooga TN, 2014, The Church on Main, Chattanooga TN, 2014

Members Salon Show, AVA Association for Visual Arts, Chattanooga TN, 2013

Autumn Artsy, Sewn to The Sky, Chattanooga TN, October 2013


Juried Exhibitions:

Folk Art, Reflections Gallery, Chattanooga TN November 2014-January 2015

Altered: Solo Show, Genema Gallery, Atlanta GA. September-November 2014

Fall Fest at The Hermitage, Nashville TN. October 2014

Wings, Jewish Cultural Institution of Greater Chattanooga, August-September 2014

Literary Arts Show, Reflections Gallery, Chattanooga TN. August-October 2014

Abstract and Contemporary, Reflections Gallery, Chattanooga TN. June-August 2014

4 Bridges Arts Festival Emerging Artist, Chattanooga TN, April 2014

Members Only Juried Show, AVA Association for Visual Arts, Chattanooga TN. Dec 2013

Fresh Emerging Artist Exhibit, AVA Association for Visual Arts, Chattanooga TN. Sept 2013


AVA Members Salon Show July 2013                                                    

The Pulse, September 5th

Times Free Press Septemeber 7, 2013

Times Free Press September 22, 2013

Times Free Press October 13, 2013

The Chattanoogan

The Pulse November 27, 2013                            

The Chattanoogan March 21, 2014                                

The Pulse April 10, 2014                                

Times Free Press April 10, 2014

Blush Magazine, July 2014                              

Blush Magazine, May 2015

Speaking engagements:
Georgia State November 2013



“I want my art to be touched and revered by participants, not just observers.”

Her Style
The inspiration for Michelle Kimbrell’s two­ dimensional mixed media art draws heavily from her life, her strong connections to family and friends, and her challenge of traditional views of style. Paper and thread are her favorite mediums to explore and create with.

The Studio
Starting out as most artists do in a tiny corner of her living room, Michelle has since graduated to a proper home studio with a small printing press.

She can be found working both day and night, her cozy bed just steps away. She also has the great fortune to work on larger pieces and etchings at The Open Press: Chattanooga’s Print Coop where she is also the printmaking apprentice under Juanita Tumelaire.

The Basics
Michelle earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from Georgia State University and an Associates Degree in Business from Georgia Perimeter College. In 2013 she also became a Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute graduate. Shortly after, Michelle moved to Chattanooga and in June of 2013 started an internship with AVA, Association for Visual Arts. Since then she has joined the staff as a Membership Director. Michelle gives back to the community as a volunteer at Mark Making, an organization dedicated to empowering people through art. She’s also a well­ known emerging artist and is highly involved with The Open Press, a Chattanooga print co­op as a printmaking apprentice. And if that’s not enough, Michelle is an Activities Coordinator for CYAN,Chattanooga Young Artistic Network.